DeAngelo Hall has had a long and storied career in the N.F.L.. With stops in Atlanta, Oakland, and Washington, Hall is quietly built himself a great pro career. Is he worthy of a gold jacket? Let's look at his numbers and compare those against other HOF'ers:
YEARS OF SERVICE: 13
That is a ton of mileage for any pro football player. Durability and longevity are considered when voting guys into the HOF, and Deangelo certainly hits this criteria. With stints in Atlanta, Oakland, and Washington, Hall made an immediate impact for all three franchises.
CAREER INTERCEPTIONS: 43
This is where Hall truly shines. As a defensive back there is no more prized stat than interceptions. He is currently 63rd all time in that category. Lock hall of famer Charles Woodson has 65 career picks. With Woodson retiring after this season, Hall will be the leader of all active players in interceptions. Any more picks will move him up this list pretty quickly. Assuming he gets just 5 more, it would place him near the top 40 all-time.
This clearly wasn't Hall's game. He seldom blitzed, and more often than not he was tasked with covering the opposing team's number one receiver. To give you some perspective Deion Sanders only had 1 career sack. The evolution of the passing game in the N.F.L. put the focus on converage.
With 5 pick sixes, and 5 scoops and scores, Hall has found the endzone 10 times in his pro career. It's not Canton-like numbers, but nothing to sniff at either. Deion had 22, but if you remove the punt , kickoff, and receiving TD's, he has 10 defensive touchdowns. The exact same number as Deangelo Hall. Charles Woodson eclipses Hall in this category with 13.
DeAngelo Hall...of fame https://t.co/LT4V3Uw54k— Kwabena Owusu (@KOwusu13) December 27, 2015
Hopefully Hall will continue his career, and the numbers will get better. Bruce Smith is the only former Hokie in Canton. He needs company, and Deangelo Hall affords the Hokies a definite chance to be represented when he decides to hang them up for good.